Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Veggies: Let Your Child Choose!

Guess what? Kids like vegetables! Are you kidding?… not my child you say.  Let me ask you this. Do you fill their plate with vegetables you like, or give them a choice of what they might like? That one step could be the key to helping your child learn to appreciate the different types and tastes of veggies.

Researchers at the University of Granada found that children will eat 80% more vegetables if given the opportunity to choose their own.

The researchers also found that the bitterness associated with calcium in plants such as spinach, collard greens, cabbage, onions, chard or broccoli may be why some kids don’t like the taste.

Paloma Rohlfs Dominguez of the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Granada, along with Professor Jaime Vila Castelar and other colleagues at the University of Granada and the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, analyzed vegetable consumption in children age 6. The researchers used “provision of choice,” in which children were allowed to choose the vegetables they wanted for each meal, as part of the study.

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